This expert handbook explores the various means of political participation of East Asian Americans in the United States.
With rapidly growing populations concentrated in California, New York, and other principal electoral states, East Asian communities have become key political players in American electoral politics. Until now, however, there has not been a scholarly work concentrating solely on the emerging political power of this American minority group.
Filling a gap in the literature on American minority politics, East Asian Americans and Political Participation offers the first systematic, thorough coverage of the impact of Chinese American, Korean American, and Japanese American individuals and groups on U.S. political process.
Focusing on the post–World War II era—when rapidly growing East Asian American communities became more politically involved—the book explores the full range of formal and informal political actions, including protest politics, social movements and interest groups, electoral politics, and political office holding at every level. These general discussions are enhanced with evocative case studies on such important topics as Asian American participation in the civil rights movement, the campaign after the murder of Vincent Chin, the Redress movement, the Korean campaign following the Los Angeles riots, the promotion of the motherland, and more.
• Chronology of East Asian American political history from both pre–World War II and post–World War II time periods
• Annotated bibliography of key related works and a collection of primary documents with interpretative essays
• No other resource offers an overarching look at the political actions and impact of East Asian Americans
• Vivid case studies ground the discussions in real-world events and people
• Resources for students or scholars interested in additional study